Gumtree – my new place to shop!

Have you heard about Gumtree? In case you don’t know what Gumtree is, it is a website designed for the community where people can list all kinds of services, products and even a rentals.

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Gumtree is a set up like a classifieds website where you can list any items that you’re trying to get rid of, and people all over Australia, can search to find something that there looking for. I know you say it is just like eBay – but I assure you it is not.

Firstly there are no fees to list your items, and you don’t have to worry about putting items up for auction. You can set your price, select a negotiable option (if you are) and then post your ad.

Recently I was contacted by the marketing department at Gumtree asking if I might be able to write an article promoting Gumtree’s services to my Crazy Mummy Community. So I had a think about it over a weekend, and I was a little confused as to what I would actually write about.

So the following week I wrote back to the marketing department and actually asked them – ‘How would I even go about promoting Gumtree I don’t understand how it is in anyway beneficial for mums.’

The response I received was that I could go with the angle of the opportunities to upcycle used furniture. There is no doubt that there is a big trend at the moment with upcycling from home. Though I had no experience in this area, and didn’t want to pretend that I might.

The second option was to promote the freebies page is popular – and that many people don’t know about it. This was where people list items that there trying to get rid of, for FREE.

Apparently, this has worked well for parents, or grandparents, looking to ‘upcycle’ furniture either for nurseries, for interior design or for their own creative projects.

Not really sure how it all worked, I clicked on the link and was surprised at just how many items there were listed. And the variety. Funnily enough, my husband and I had been talking about getting a new dining room table, so I thought I would try my luck. It wouldn’t hurt anyone.We don’t have a very big area to fit a dining table and wanted something to fit the four of us. Yet if we had people around for dinner we could extend it, add a few more chairs and it wasn’t a bother for the night. I typed in timber dining room table, located in Sydney. And wouldn’t you know it, the fourth advert down was exactly what we were looking for. Timber, round, and extendable.

I showed my hubby the ad, next thing I know he is calling the number of the owner, asking if he could look at the table, and wouldn’t you know it later that afternoon we had a new dining table. Gumtree was working for us already.With a quick sanding and lime wash, our ‘new’ table had come up just amazing! I mean it looks brand new, when it is actually from the 1930’s – sturdy and stable – just perfect.

The following week we decided that we would then list all of the items that have been sitting underneath the house that we just couldn’t be bothered putting on eBay. First we listed our old dining table for free. It had definitely seen better days, and we weren’t even sure it would go. yet within 2 hours it had been picked up by another happy camper. We then went and listed a whole lot of other things – an indoor heater that we were no longer using, a baby bike seat, our mountain buggy pram, an old school vintage trike, and all of a sudden within a week we had gotten rid of every single piece of furniture that we had uploaded.

We didn’t ask outragous amounts for our olf items and were being unrealistic with our prices. I main aim was to clear out the things we no longer needed – instead of allowing them to collect more dust. Amazingly our sales allowed us to produce a little bit of cash on the side, which paid for our groceries and coffees for the next two weeks. And I have to say it has been the most seamless and easiest task that we have come across recently.

I will definitely be using Gumtree again in the future, with the next thing we need to find is some ‘new’ dining room chairs…

With the long weekend coming up, what a perfect time to clean out old items taking up your storage spaces, and who knows you may just get that piece of furniture you’ve been thinking of for months – for free!

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